Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

On Sunday, October 29, BTSNY kids went to two events outside of the city. 22 boys and girls attended the TCNJ High School Open located at The College of New Jersey. 11 boys attended the Kyle Snyder Clinic and Teague Ryan Benefit at Hofstra. 

At the TCNJ High School Open, top BTSNY performers included Odean Gray (2nd)Terrance Parks (3rd), and Joseph Castano (4th). This pre-season tournament took place on The College of New Jersey campus and included a clinic by the school's assistant coach. As a result, this tournament was a great opportunity for youth wrestlers to think about college and learn some new technique. This was another pre-season learning opportunity that gave the wrestlers notes for the upcoming season. 

Odean Gray, who is a senior at Grand Street, thought the overall experience was great and that the tournament was a good pre-season learning experience. "It was really good for getting me ready for the season and exposing what I need to work on, such as cardio and bottom," said Gray. 

Julius Whetstone, a senior at MLK, also thought the competition was a good experience. "The more I compete outside the city, the closer I get to closing that gap and becoming State Champion!" he exclaimed. 

Coach Penn Gottfried, Junior League Director, largely agreed with Gray and Whetstone. "I saw a lot of mistakes fixed, particularly on bottom--I'm excited for them to keep refining and working hard as we go into the season and ultimately into late February up in Albany," said Gottfried.  We look forward to seeing how the BSTNY wrestlers do when they head to Albany for the NYSPHSAA State Championships in February. 

The Kyle Snyder Clinic and Teague Ryan Benefit at Hofstra also took place this past Sunday. The clinic was an opportunity for youth wrestlers to learn from Kyle Snyder, Olympic and World Champion wrestler from Ohio State. The Teague Ryan Benefit took place later in the evening. Teague Ryan is the late son of Tom Ryan, Ohio State's Head Coach. This event took place at Hofstra because Ryan is originally from Long Island and was Head Coach of Hofstra Wrestling for ten years. The event was held as a fundraiser for both the Teague Ryan scholarship fund and Hofstra's wrestling program 

The evening started with BTSNY youth wrestlers participating in the Snyder clinic and then watching the Hofstra wrestle-offs. After the clinic, Kyle Snyder took pictures with the youth wrestlers in attendance and signed autographs. Later that evening, there was a social at the Savoy Tavern to benefit the Hofstra wrestling program where Kyle Snyder, Tom Ryan, Dennis Papadatos (Hofstra Head Coach), and Jeffrey Hathaway (Hofstra Athletic Directoreach spoke. 

"It was a great experience--I feel like I'm in high school again!" exclaimed Angel Torres, volunteer for Aviation High School's wrestling team and father to Noah Torres, who is on the team. 


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